Eugene, OR: The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning this weekend for parts of the Willamette Valley, including Eugene.
Community members are encouraged to stay hydrated with water when the temperature is so high. All water fountains and splash pads in Eugene are turned on for summer. Splash pads are available at:
- Fairmount Park (E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd. )
- Oakmont Park (2295 Oakmont Way )
- Skinner Butte Park (248 Cheshire Ave. )
- Washington Park (2025 Washington St. )
- The Downtown Library is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sunday. Regular services are available. People can cool off while browsing, and 1-hour time slots are available for people to use a computer or access wi-fi. The second floor of the Library will have 14 spaces marked out that are 6x6 feet and can accommodate four people per group (max of 56 people at a time).
- Hilyard Community Center at 2580 Hilyard St, will be available as a cooling center on Sunday from noon-7 p.m. Space is limited, and face masks are required indoors.
- Lane County is activating a cooling and heat respite center at the Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave, located in the Main Performance Hall in the Convention Center. This facility is able to hold more than 600 people while maintaining a safe distance. Those wishing to use the cooling center can enter through the main doors of the Convention Center located under the glass roof portion of the building. The Red Cross of Lane County will provide staffing, water, and snacks for the facility. The cooling center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27.
- LTD will provide free bus service during the weekend for people traveling to and from a designated cooling center. Passengers will need to inform the bus operator they are going to a cooling center so they are not charged a fare. All other passengers will need to pay fares to travel to and from their desired destinations.
A list of additional resources by municipality is on the Lane County website.
Additionally, with a great number of people seeking relief at one of Lane County's many waterways, our Lane County first responders would like to urge community members to use extreme caution when recreating. Use a life jacket and beware that many bodies of water remain cold despite the hot temperatures. If boating or swimming also beware of submerged hazards.
Human heatstroke symptoms can include: high body temperature, a fast, strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and loss of consciousness. If you notice someone experiencing these symptoms, call 911 right away – heatstroke is a medical emergency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer tips for preventing heat stroke-related illness.
It is extremely important to remember these safety tips to keep your furry family members safe:
- Leave pets at home when running errands. Leaving your animal in a parked car, even for just a few minutes, can easily cause heat stroke or brain damage. On an 85-degree day, a car's interior temperature can climb to 104 degrees in 10 minutes, even with the windows slightly open. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat stress because they do not sweat in the way that humans do; they release body heat by panting.
- Dogs should not ride in uncovered pickup truck beds. The hot metal truck bed can burn your pet’s paw pads.
- Keep pets inside during the heat of the day; do not leave them outside unattended.
- Make sure pets have access to water bowls full of cool, fresh water.
- When pets are outside, be sure to provide shaded areas for them to rest in and invest in a misting hose or kiddie pool for a cool place for your pets to play.
- Limit or skip on exercise and time at the dog park during the heat of the day.
- Always test the pavement or sand with your hand before setting out (too hot to touch is too hot for your pet), walk early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler, carry water and take frequent breaks in shady spots. If you suspect your pet’s paws have been burned, contact your vet immediately.
Animal heatstroke symptoms can include: restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, vomiting, and lack of coordination. If your animal is overcome by heat exhaustion, consult your veterinarian right away. If you notice an animal in distress or unresponsive in a parked car, first try and locate the pet’s owner and alert him or her to the animal’s condition. If you cannot find the animal’s owner, call 911.
If you notice an animal in distress or unresponsive in a parked car, call 911. If an animal is not in distress and it is quicker to locate the owner you may consider that in addition to calling for help.